Re: Normal Shuttle Reentry

From: Markus Mehring (
Date: Mon Feb 03 2003 - 12:16:53 EST

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    On Mon, 3 Feb 2003 07:38:59 -0800, you ("Dale Ireland"
    <>) wrote:
    >Since there were some reports of small bits coming off the Shuttle even over
    >California I wonder why NASA hasn't mentioned to the public to at least keep
    >their eyes open for tiles and such all the way from California to Texas.
    Probably because they weren't fully aware of any early disintegration (if
    there really was one, that is). Also it is clear that the bulk of debris
    did come down in the Texas/Louisiana arena, so we're probably talking about
    very very few pieces spread over a really huge area. Lots of desert there in
    the west under the re-entry trajectory, needle in the haystack. But then,
    latest press briefings mention an extension of the search area further west
    towards Fort Worth, so while this still seems to be intended to cover the
    bulk debris field, they certainly have become aware of more debris west of
    where they are searching now.
    >On another subject.. I was very skeptical of the attorney interviewed on CNN
    >who had a piece of debris hit his but now can't find it. The piece was big
    >enough to put a 1 sq ft hole completely through the roof and tear off
    >shingles another foot or two around the hole but seems to have disappeared
    >into dust, he says he searched extensively but can't find a trace of
    >anything.... hmmm
    Inproper searching, no clue what to search for, high-velocity impact of a
    really tiny piece (small piece, huge hole), bigmouthing, bounty hunters...
    you pick one...
    CU!	Markus
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